Two sets of handloading data exist for the .45 Colt, due to the myriad guns chambered for the cartridge during the last 150 years. For this load, I referenced .45 Colt (Revolver) data that, “may be used in older guns as long as they are in good condition.”
I have a Colt Single Action Army revolver dated 1902-1903 with the Serial No. 230507. It has a 4¾" barrel, approximately 70 percent bluing and is chambered in .45 Colt. My question is, when did Colt begin putting the Rampant Colt logo onto the cylinder?
The Rossi USA R92 line—based on the Winchester Model 1892—continues that tradition with versions that satisfy everyone from traditionalists who insist on the warmth of wood, to gun owners who demand modern touches.
When re-introduced in 2005, after a short production pause, the new Vaquero marked a return to the smaller and lighter single-actions Bill Ruger built in the ’50s and ’60s. Many shooters prefer them for their speedier handling, and the latest gun has an improved action and finish.
Watch American Rifleman on the range this week with a limited-edition Pietta 1873 single-action revolver made exclusively for Davidson's Gallery of Guns.
When Smith & Wesson introduced the Governor in 2011, the concept of a revolver capable of chambering shotshells wasn’t groundbreaking. The new entry from a legendary maker, however, quickly caught media attention at the SHOT Show that year and for some good reasons.
This feature article, “From The Loading Bench: IMR Trail Boss Smokeless Powder,” appeared originally in the July 2005 issue of American Rifleman. Trail Boss gunpowder is currently a Hodgdon Powder Company brand.